Filed under: MLB Draft | Tags: Brian Matusz, Buster Posey, Casey Kelly, Eric Hosmer, MLB Draft, Pedro Alvarez, Tim Beckham
And after 50 rounds, 1,504 players were selected. Tampa Bay opened the draft by taking Timothy Beckham, the talented high school shortstop from Georgia. Pedro Alvarez went next to Pittsburgh, followed by Eric Hosmer (Kansas City), Brian Matusz (Baltimore), and Buster Posey (San Francisco). Posey was mentioned as a possibility to go number one to the Rays, but the Giants were more than happy he fell to them (no telling how much his alleged asking price of $12 million had in him falling to the Giants). Posey should be on the fast track to the majors, which Giants GM Brian Sabean confirmed:
- Sabean referenced Bengie Molina’s contract, which expires after next season, and hinted that the Giants would not look to give the veteran catcher an extension.“He is on the fast track and Bengie’s clock is winding down,” Sabean said. “It’s really up to (Posey) how soon he wants to get going and how soon he can get here.”
It will be interesting to see how many teams are able to get their major selections signed, although, as Baseball America points out, teams seemed to be drafting for ability instead of signability. One team that will probably have to put up some serious cash (which shouldn’t be too much of an issue) is the Red Sox. Boston’s first round pick, Casey Kelly, is a quarterback commitment to the University of Tennessee. Yet GM Theo Epstein feels Kelly will choose the diamond over the gridiron:
- “You can hear the passion in his voice when he talks about baseball,” Epstein said. “We wouldn’t have taken him if we didn’t feel in our hearts like he wanted to go out and play professional ball.”
All told, an interesting two days. Now the race until the signing deadline of August 15th commences. The clock is ticking.
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